NBA Closeup: Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant and his mentor, Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz, recently dropped by for an interview with pastor Craig Groeschel. Durant and Lentz talked about their friendship and answered questions from Groeschel about growing spiritually. Durant also talked about the importance of leaving a legacy. “I want to be known for serving people,” Durant says. “When people see me, they think I deserve something. I don’t deserve anything. I don’t deserve to be put in the front of the line at the movies or get a free meal, I don’t deserve anything. I think for me, I just wanna go up to people and impact their lives. Whether it’s from me inspiring them from playing basketball or just going up and asking them how their family is doing, that’s what I want to be known as. “Also, a legacy changer. I didn’t grow up with Read More

From the Archives – Kevin Durant

NBA superstar Kevin Durant and the Thunder came up short in the NBA Finals last year, but he has a promising future and leads a quiet life as he seeks to walk closer with the Lord.

When Kevin Durant signed an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 7, 2010, he did so with virtually no fanfare save an understated, yet highly grateful message to the fans via Twitter. That extension was later revealed to be for five years and roughly $86 million… Continue reading

SPORTS YAPP NBA Finals Recap – Game 1


Today on the show:

–Bryce and Aaron give their thoughts on last night’s game
–Find out why Lebron should be guarding Durant.
–Bryce continues to talk about how Lebron and Wade should be expected to score a ton of points
–Aaron tells us about his softball team finishing 1st… or was it 7th?

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SPORTS YAPP Episode #46 – NBA Playoffs and Beanballs


Today on the show:

The guys are back for a new podcast all about the NBA playoffs!

-The guys are joined by Greg Arnold to yapp about the Miami Heat and discuss if Wade and Lebron should be expected to score so many points every night.

- The guys also yapp about physical play and flagrant fouls in the NBA.

-Bryce talks about “his” Lakers and where they go from here.

-They also give some love to the Spurs and start the conversation about the Western Conference Finals with the Thunder.

-Bryce also shares a spiritual thought at the end.

- Aaron explains to Bryce what a “beanball” is in baseball.

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Around the Net – Infidelity website offers $1 million to sleep with Tim Tebow, Bubba Watson returns

Tim Tebow

A controversial infidelity website is offering $1 million for anyone who can prove they’ve slept with Tim Tebow: founder and CEO Noel Biderman says Tebow should embrace his status as a sex symbol. “Sports and sex (and of course, infidelity) go hand in hand. If Mr. Tebow is indeed abstaining from adult relationships, I would encourage him to find a nice lady or two and enjoy his youth and fame as much as possible. We are beyond the days where pre-marital sex has a social stigma, and it is my hope that soon we will also feel the same about infidelity. I guarantee that no man of Tim Tebow’s stature could survive a season in New York without succumbing to the temptations of the city (i.e. pull a Brett Favre).” (

Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson will return to the course for first time since winning the Masters. He will play in the Zurich Classic New Orleans where he is the defending champion.

“That stuff is more important to me, but right now with this platform that I have of winning the Masters, it’s going to give me a better chance to raise good dollars for cancer, for the center in Africa and different things like that.” (The Associated Press)…

Christian Athletes in the Headlines

Should Drew Brees sit out the entire 2012 season? (Business Insider)

Kaka tops 10M Twitter followers (Associated Press)

Hockey (Mike Fisher’s) wife Carrie Underwood on playoffs (

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SPORTS YAPP Episode #32 – NBA All-Stars, College Hoops, NFL Combine, NASCAR / Danica


Today on the show:

-Bryce and Aaron have some fun discussing all the big topics from the weekend.

-Did Bryce enjoy the All-Star game?

-What was Lebron doing at the end?

-Aaron isn’t on the bandwagon for his college basketball championship pick anymore.

-Bryce and Aaron discuss other college basketball topics including Duke overacheiving and Carolina underachieving.

-Plus, the guys yapp about Danica Patrick, the Daytona 500 and NASCAR!

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Around the Net – Trevor Bayne back in the Daytona 500, Durant named All-Star MVP, Red Sox ban alcohol, Sox’ Gonzalez looks to lead

Trevor Bayne in the Daytona 500

Tonight, after rain delays and postponements, NASCAR will open it’s season with the Daytona 500 at 7 p.m. Trevor Bayne, last year’s out of nowhere rookie winner, will be looking to make it two straight. Despite the attention and fame that Bayne received from being the winner of America’s most famous stock car race, Bayne is still the same guy who loves the same God…

UPDATE: After being involved in a wreck in lap two, Bayne finished 35th in the 2012 Daytona 500.

Kevin Durant wins MVP of NBA All-Star game

Kevin Durant scored 36 points and led the Western Conference All-Stars to a 152-149 victory Sunday night, beating the Eastern Conference All-Stars. Durant was awarded the the MVP of the game; the first time he has ever received this award…

New Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine bans beer from the clubhouse

New Boston Red Sox manager, Bobby Valentine, has banned alcohol from the Red Sox clubhouse. This comes on the heels of a season where the Red Sox blew a 9 game lead in the Wild Card and have numerous reports from the Boston media about some of its pitchers drinking beer during games…

Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez looks to become a better leader
Adrian Gonzalez, featured in the Fall 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum, will shoulder more of a leadership role with this year’s team…

Christian Athletes in the Headlines

Butler coach Brad Stevens not worried after loss to Valparaiso (

North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller Named Academic All-American Of The Year (

Wells Thompson: Scoring a Goal with the Gospel ( Continue reading

Around the Net – Gary Carter passes away, Jeremy Lin headline controversy, Josh Hamilton’s makeover

“Around the Net” is your source for Christian athletes in the news. Each week, we will post some of the best and most relevant stories about Christian athletes that we see from around the internet.

Gary Carter

Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter passed away last week, succumbing to his battle with brain cancer at the age of 57. Carter was featured in Sports Spectrum multiple times… (Read more inside)

Jeremy Lin Controversy

Over the weekend, ESPN Mobile published a headline with a racial slur in regards to Jeremy Lin. ESPN has fired that editor who claimed that it was an “honest mistake” and had used that headline “at least 100 times” in other headlines. The editor apologized for the headline and said he is a big fan of Lin, especially because Lin is outspoken about his Christian faith, like himself. More on the story inside…

Josh Hamilton undergoing a makeover

Josh Hamilton appeared on Glenn Beck TV last week in an interview with pastor Dr. James Robison to talk about his relapse with alcohol, battling demons, and how he is undergoing a makeover with the help of Christian counseling. Watch the Interview inside…

Christian Athletes in the Headlines

NY Mets great Gary Carter, dead after bout with brain cancer, got to say goodbye on Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball field (NY Daily News)

Kevin Durant scores career high 51 points in an overtime win vs. Denver (

New York Yankees sign DH/1B Raul Ibanez (

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